20 Jan

Kootenay Lake School District #8

About Kootenay Lake School District #8

A warm hello to you from the Kootenay Lake School District #8.  We are very happy that you are considering us for your study destination in Canada and we are eager to offer to you one of the best Canadian experiences possible.

Our mission:  We focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.


We understand that students learn in a variety of ways, in a variety of settings.  Our educational programs are student centered and ensure student engagement with hands-on learning opportunities and caring teacher support.  We support our students to want to learn and especially to embrace their learning.  The student goals in our district are:  

Academic Success, Creativity/Imagination, Resiliency, and Citizenship

The lifestyle in our communities is enhanced by the mild weather that allows us to canoe, hike, kayak, bike, and enjoy the beach in the summer without heat exhaustion and ski, snowboard, curl, and trek in the winter without freezing.  It is the lifestyle of the rich and famous without having to be either.  This nostalgic area where nature blends with the subtle hint of economic development, soothes the soul as it brings to life the spirit, friendliness, and helpful spirit that has slipped away form so many large, metropolitan cities.

When you choose our district for your educational and cultural dreams, it is our goal to ensure you live that dream while you are with us.


Why Nelson? A Sketch of Nelson


10,000 residents in the city of Nelson
40,000 residents in the Kootenay Region


Small city where life is not hurried and people say hello to strangers.



  • Breath-takingly beautiful
  • No pollution as there is no large industry base in Nelson
  • Climate in the Kootenays

The Kootenay Lake area can be described as a moderate year round climate with 4 seasons.

•    Summer temperatures range from 17 C – 20 C
•    Fall temperatures range from 2 C to 14 C
•    Winter temperatures range from -4 C to 6 C
•    Spring temperatures range from 8 C to 13 C
•    Average yearly snowfall is 224.7 cm
•    Average yearly rainfall is 729.3 mm



Our activity program is awesome!  Each month we have a unique activity to encourage new friendships, fun, adventure, and trying something new with our students.  These activities are free!


  • September – River Rafting and
  • Orientation Scavenger Hunt – UN Teams with Canadian Students (high school students only)
  • October – Curling (everyone)
  • Leadership camping trip to Dutch Harbour (high school students only)
  • November – Ainsworth Hotsprings (everyone)
  • December – Pantomime (Live theatre production at the Capitol Theatre)
  • January – Junior A Maple Leafs – hockey game (everyone)
  • February – Lunar New Year Celebration – dinner, presentations by students, entertainment, pinata fun
  • March – Bowling Party
  • April – Trip to Castlegar for a movie and shopping
  • May – Trip to Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise or Whistler/BlackComb (a cost will apply for the activity)
  • June - Farewell banquet, games, and presentation of certificates


More information about SD#8 here


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